The redesigned Buick LaCrosse for 2018 is well-rounded sedan that drives nicely and pampers its occupants. Some of the highlights include top crash test scores, sleek interior with up-to-date technology, an available all-wheel-drive system, and a serene and luxurious ride quality. Its release date should be expected this August.
New features to debut alongside the 2018 LaCrosse include unique 18” wheels, a new Sport Touring package, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an updated IntelliLink infotainment system, and a standard power driver seat.
The new 2018 Buick LaCrosse, being Buick’s flagship sedan, offers traditional Buick features such as generous accommodations and size. As one would expect, the vehicle comes with copious head-and legroom rivaled only by executive-class sedans such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.
Given Buick’s history, you might assume that the LaCrosse isn’t a snooze. Fortunately, this is the case with the 2018 LaCrosse, as the vehicle employs a choice of two impressive engines under its hood. You have a choice of either the mild-hybrid four-cylinder code-named eAssist or the V6 rated at 304 hp engine.
While you might be impressed by the eAssist impressive fuel economy ratings, we are not convinced that it is enough reason to forgo the available all-wheel-drive and the additional V6 power.
Regardless of the engine choice, every model comes with an impressive feature list and a well-equipped and stylish cabin. For instance, it comes with an upgraded IntelliLink infotainment system that comes with two USB ports, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, smartphone app integration, and a revised touchscreen interface.
Despite the irresistible feature and technology list the LaCrosse comes with, there are other contenders in the segment that will definitely give it a run for its money. They include the 2018 Toyota Avalon, 2018 Lexus ES, 2018 Chevrolet Impala, and the RWD 2018 Chrysler 300.
Available Trims – Buick LaCrosse
The large luxury 2018 Buick LaCrosse sedan is available in a mammoth six trims: 1SV, Base, Leather, Premium 1, Premium 2, and Premium 3 trims.
Exterior Images, Pics & Interior Photos – 2018 Buick LaCrosse
The 1SV trim comes standard with a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a V6 engine, heated mirrors, remote ignition, an eight-way power driver seat, automatic climate control (dual-zone), cruise control, split-folding rear seatbacks, 17” alloy wheels, a 4G LTE connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, OnStar telematics, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.
Others include a CD player, a seven-speaker sound system, satellite radio, a rearview camera, an 8” touchscreen display, smartphone app integration, two USB ports, and IntelliLink infotainment system.
The Base trim gets you a rear spoiler, 18” wheels, different grille, keyless ignition and entry, driver memory settings, integrated signal repeaters, rear parking sensors, ambient lighting, auto-dimming side mirrors, heated front seats, leather upholstery, power front passenger seat, and ambient lighting.
Opting for the Leather model gest you 18” wheels, 17” for the four-cylinder models, and standard leather upholstery.
Springing for the Premium 1 gets you 11-speaker Bose audio system, a 120-V power outlet, a power rear window sunshade, ventilated and heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
The Premium 2 adds a navigation system, adaptive suspension dampers, 20” wheels, front suspension tuning with torque-steer-resistant “HiPer Strut” design.
Optional on both the Base and 1SV trims is the Ultra Luxury package that comes standard with a faux-suede headliner, unique exterior colors, extended leather upholstery, and real wood accents.
2018 Buick LaCrosse Engine Specs
The Buick LaCrosse for 2018 comes standard with a 3.6L V6 engine rated at 304 hp and 264 pounds of torque under its hood. The power is transmitted to the front wheels via the standard six-speed automatic transmission system. You get the all-wheel-drive system on both the premium 1 and Leather trims.
During our own test drive, the V6-powered LaCrosse was able to dash from 0-60 mph in a laudable 6.8 seconds. The EPA fuel economy ratings for the V6 model stands at 18/28/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 17/26/20 mpg with the 4WD.
The eAssist available for the Leather and Base trims pairs an 11kW electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine to produce an output rated at 182 horsepower and 172 pounds of torque. Both the six-speed automatic and the front-wheel-drive are default systems.
According to Buick, the vehicle comes with a 6-Year or 70,000-mile powertrain Limited Warranty.
Price & China Release Date – 2018 Buick LaCrosse
The new 2018 Buick LaCrosse sedan will cost you an MSRP starting from $31,065. As for its release date, expect the vehicle to go for sale this August. On the official website you can find all additional info about it’s release in United States and Canada.